Aggressive invasive micropapillary salivary duct carcinoma of the parotid gland

Hidetaka Yamamoto, Hideoki Uryu, Yuichi Segawa, Masazumi Tsuneyoshi

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The presence of invasive micropapillary component has been reported to be associated with salivary duct carcinoma and poor outcomes. Herein is described a rare case of invasive micropapillary salivary duct carcinoma of the parotid gland in a 60-year-old man. The micropapillary component was approximately 70% of the area of the tumor. Squamous differentiation was focally seen adjacent to the micropapillary component. On immunohistochemistry the ordinary salivary duct carcinoma component was positive for gross cystic disease fluid protein-15 (GCDFP-15), androgen receptor (AR), and HER2/neu, whereas both micropapillary and squamous components were negative for GCDFP-15 and AR. Immunohistochemical staining for D2-40 highlighted the lymph vessel invasion of tumor cells. This patient developed metastases in the lymph nodes of the neck, and also in the liver, lung, and brain. The lymph nodes and liver metastases had both ordinary salivary duct carcinoma and micropapillary components. The patient died of tumor 11 months after the initial surgical operation. The results support that the presence of micropapillary component is associated with more aggressive behavior of salivary duct carcinoma. It is also important for pathologists to recognize that GCDFP-15 and AR expression can be reduced in micropapillary carcinoma in the differential diagnosis of metastatic tumor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)322-326
Number of pages5
JournalPathology International
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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